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Suntag: The Rapid Fire Book Tag

I was tagged in August (yes, August!) by the adorable and cute Marshie (or Drew for the rest of the word) to do the Rapid Fire Book Tag! If you don’t know who Drew is, what is wrong with you? Go over at The Tattooed Book Geek for brilliant and detailed reviews and the most wonderful and powerful poems (even if I still can’t believe he killed Fluffy!).

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Suntag! The Scavenger Hunt Tag

Happy Sunday! The cold is finally here and let me tell you, there’s nothing better than hiding home on a rainy day, enveloped in a fluffy blanket and blogging with a nice cup of tea. I sound like an old lady again!

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Looking for a gorgeous blog filled with fun content and run by a lovely person? Head over to Ola Reads Books. Thank you Ola for tagging me to do the Scavenger Hunt Tag! I picked this one for today as I haven’t had much time to read and I was dying to pet my books. Weekend Book Love! Indeed, for this tag you need to find the right books to match the categories. I am terrible with pictures but I decided to go with a “theme”. If you can call using the same patch of floor and a couple of candlesticks a theme…!
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Suntag: All The Series Ever (Read/Reading/To Be Read)

I was quite silent this week. I won’t bother you with whys and hows, because today is all about Tags!

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I was tagged by the lovely Jessica @ The Awkward Book Blogger to do the All The Series Ever Tag created by Fadwa over at Word Wonders. I did not really care whether or not books belonged to a series when I started blogging, but in the past months, I have slowly begun building a nice list! Continue reading “Suntag: All The Series Ever (Read/Reading/To Be Read)”

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Suntag: Anonymous Bookaholics Tag

It was about time a support group appeared around here! I was tagged by the crumptious Jill @ Rant and Rave About Books to this well-needed tag and gathering. If you want to know what a real rant or a brilliant rave looks like, go check her wonderful blog.

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What do you like about buying new books?

The chase. Hunting down Amazon deals is a new passion of mine. Let’s face it, I’m a student, I can’t spend all my money on hardcovers and new releases. So I often check the books on my lists to see if something is worth breaking my buying ban. Bans are made to be forgotten, right? Also, when I’m feeling down, I love ordering a book and see it at my door a couple of days later, with its promise of a new adventure and characters.

How often do you buy new books?

Too often according to my bank account. It depends on many factors. When I started blogging, I only took books out of the university’s library, but in the last few months, I’ve been indulging in massive hauls. I buy books whenever I can afford it.

Bookstore or online book shopping – Which do you prefer?

I wish I could spend my days in a bookstore, but I don’t live close to any good ones offering titles in English, and online shopping usually ensures you a nice deal or cheaper prices. The main reason why I love bookstores is that you don’t have to wait to start reading, but as we currently have an Amazon Prime subscription, the wait never lasts more than a couple of days. So online book shopping wins until I find THE bookstore I’ll fall in love with.

Do you have a favorite bookshop?

Can I say Amazon again without getting censored or you sending tomatoes my way?

Mollat, the first French independent bookstore, is the perfect place to wander around. They’re definitely not cheap, but there are books literally everywhere.

Do you pre-order books?

I have never pre-ordered a book. Never ever. I usually wait for them to get released before I add them to my cart. I don’t really know why but I feel a little leery about pre-ordering.

Do you have a monthly book buying limit?

I try not to go over 25€, which reduces my chances to get paperbacks but leaves me plenty of leeway for ebooks. I don’t take the number of books into account because the price range is so wide some months I can get 20 books and others only 2 for the same amount of money.

Book buying bans – Are they something for you?

My mind cannot get around the idea of a ban. I did try, in June, then in July, but I check Amazon daily to add new books so how am I supposed to resist? I think I stayed away from books for so long that I’m trying to make up for it by giving a home to as many books as I possibly can.

How big is your wishlist?

Do you see the hole representing the global economy? My wishlist is bigger. I have also found that now that my time is eaten away by work again, I crave new books to create a wall around my desk, even if I don’t get to read the stories before 2017!

Which three books from your wishlist do you wish to own NOW?

I remember The Widow being one of the first books I added on my wishlist when I started blogging nine months ago. I’ve been dying to read this story but I was waiting for the paperback to come out. Why am I doing this to myself?!

Lilyn @ Sci-Fi & Scary totally sold me The Fireman when she shared a few lines from the book. Who doesn’t want an apocalyptic horror story with a pinch of sarcasm? Sarcasm is underrated, I want to read more of it.

Finally, a women story. Every time I walk or drive by a school, I take a look at the mothers waiting to be reunited with their children and I wonder what’s going on in the closed circle of Mothers. I can’t explain why but I’m very curious about this book.

I tag!

Annie @ The Misstery

Monique @ That Wild Soul

Sumaya @ Sue’s Reading Corner

and whoever feels like doing this tag!

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The Goodreads Book Tag

Hello lovelies. It’s currently 3-ish pm on a Sunday and I am writing my Suntag post. I was sure the tag of the week had been prepared, written, formatted and scheduled. Turns out I only hallucinated or dreamed doing all of this (probably both). I was tagged by the adorable Michelle @ Book Adventures to do the Goodreads Tag, thank you dear 🙂

My love story with Goodreads started slow. No love at first sight. Rather a “what the hell is this and how do I keep it organized” kind of first date. It took us some time but we’re doing good now. My shelves are not perfect and I keep forgetting to add books to read, but my Read shelf is up to date and my reviews feel at home on the website.

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The Four Fact Survey Tag

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Despite all the tags I’ve been nominated for, I have decided to use the Four Fact Survey Tag, for which I haven’t been nominated for. Yes, I’m a rebel.

1. Four names people call me other than my real name.

#1 Meg (second name)
#2Pap (long and embarrassing story)
#3 Wifey

2. Four jobs I’ve had

#1 Tutor (By far, I’m favorite)
#2 Babysitter (bad)
#3 Hostess (very bad)
#4 Cashier (the worst)

3. Four movies I’ve watched more than once

#1 Stepmom
#2 The Incredibles
#3 Take Care
#4 Tomb Raider

4. Four books or authors I would recommend

#1 Elsewhere, Gabrielle Zevin
#2 Daniel Pennac
#3 Tiffany McDaniel
#4 1984, George Orwell

5. Four places I have lived

#1 Boulogne sur mer
#2 Bordeaux
#3 Kyoto
#4 Bordeaux. I am not leaving any more. I’ve found my dream place.

6. Four places I’ve visited…

#1 Osaka
#2 Santiago de Compostela
#3 Paris
#4 Cannes

7. Four things I would rather be doing right now

#1 Reading
#2 Watching Gilmore Girls
#3 Playing The Sims 3
#4 Updating my TBB list

8. Four foods I prefer not to eat

#1 Anything spicy
#2 Brussel sprouts
#3 cabbage
#4 Oysters

9. Four of my favorite foods

#1 Canelés
#2 Baguette
#3 Duck breast fillet
#4 Steak au poivre

10. Four tv shows that I watch

Only four??

#1 Suits
#2 Gilmore Girls
#3 Broadchurch
#4 The Newsroom (I don’t care it’s over. It can’t be. I will never be)

11. Four things I’m looking forward to this year

#1 Starting new classes
#2 The first welsh of the winter
#3 Finishing the house
#4 Receiving my SFATW package!!

12. Four things I’m always saying

#1 No.
#2 Yuki, come here.
#3 I’m tired.
#4 Where’s the food?

13. Four people I tag

#1 Anne @ inkedbrownies
#2 Alex @ Young At Heart
#3 Carrie @ Carrie’s Book Reviews
#4 Aimee @ aimmees23

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Suntag: The Secret Life of A Book Blogger

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When I say I am behind on tags, don’t take it lightly. I was nominated by Charley @ Books and Bakes1 for the Secret Life Of a Book Blogger two months ago. Yes, two months. Two months and three weeks to be more accurate. But hey, they say better now than never, right?

Let’s get started!

How long have you been a blogger?

My blog was born on a cold December day, and my first post was published by my shivering fingers and my hopeful heart on January 1st. I have officially been pouring my heart and thoughts on the blogosphere for 7 months and 24 days.

I had a couple of blogs before, but I was never able to find a voice, or a theme to stick to. I have never been a huge fan of online diaries, and although watching TV shows is fun, writing about them did not appeal to me, except to fangirl like crazy and complain about how writers should be more careful with their timelines (Please, dear writers, pay attention to the shows you are working on!) So those blogs dried up and died like all the plants I forget to water. I can’t even remember their names. A lifetime ago, I am sure I had a Skyblog. Yep, a gross Skyblog with its garish colors and a hundred adverts all over the page.

At what point do you think you will stop? 

Stop? What does that mean? Is this one of those tricky words, like ban or sleep?

I was forced to go on hiatus this month, and I really did not like it. Having no time for blogging or reading felt like a punishment I hadn’t deserved, and I missed my daily chat with everyone. I hope I won’t ever need a break, unless I am the one deciding it.

What is the best part?

Waking up knowing there will be new posts, maybe new bloggers, and that I won’t have to go through the thousand of emotions sparkled by the books on my own.

Also, I am always sure to find a new book to add to my TBR, and that certainty is one of the best feeling in the world.

What is the worst part? 

It is very frustrating to not have enough time to check all the posts every day. Also, I use everyone’s posts to create flashcards and improve my vocabulary, which means it takes extra time to find definitions and pronunciations before adding it to Anki. What would take you 5 minutes to read requires 15 minutes from me. I need a Time-Turner!

How long does it take you to find/create pictures to use?

I usually use pictures I have already posted on Instagram, and I add a few changes with Canva. I try not to spend more than 10 minutes on pictures because it is not my forte. The only pictures I don’t mind spending time on are those of my dog, but I promised myself I would not flood the blog with them.

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Who’s your book crush? 

What is it with book crush? I don’t have one! My crush is my hubby. (Yes, I’m cheesy today.)

More seriously, maybe there is something wrong with me, but I never fell for a book guy. Never had a book boyfriend either! Don’t feel sorry for me, there are so many characters I love, but I still haven’t found The One.

What author would you like to have on your blog?

Any author I read that is looking for a place to share something interesting and/or fun.

What do you wear when you write your blog?

Panties, for sure. The rest changes with the season, my mood, the temperature of the room. I love yoga pants and loose tee shirts, they are so comfortable you can do anything while wearing them, including blogging. I’ve never tried blogging while doing yoga, though.

I should set a blogging outfit. That could help my brain get in the mood whenever I try to write all my posts in one day. Any suggestions?

How long does it take you to prepare a post? 

Forever. Okay, maybe not. But definitely too long.
If it’s a review, I will start it, stop, get back to it later, and repeat. It can take up to 5 days to get it right. Hello perfectionist. If it’s my This Week In Books post, 30 minutes are enough. For tags and other memes, I try to have them done within an hour, because even though they are fun and easy, they are not the main feature on my blog. I keep my energy for bigger things. For discussion posts, I write a draft with the main ideas, leave it for a couple of days, and then write the entire thing at once. I give it another break and put the final touch after a day. Now you know why I don’t schedule too much ahead!

How do you feel about the book blogger community/culture? 

I feel so comfortable around here. I believe I never felt this good talking with other people than I do on the Internet. The community is so supportive and friendly. It is very easy to chip in, voice an opinion, and share. It’s a treat to know you have a place in here.

What do you think one should do to have a successful blog? 

What is a successful blog? You have 4 hours. Okay, enough with the philosophy for today.

Do your own thing. It can be tempting to take example on a successful blog, but it can only result in a tame copy if all you do is bring the format and voice to your own name. Use your voice to say what you want. Some people will like it, others won’t. It doesn’t matter as long as you are true to yourself.

Who do I want to know better?

Martin @ A Pretty Wonderful Book

Jill @ Rant & Rave about Books

Babus @ Ajoobacatsblog

Inge @ The Belgian Reviewer

As usual, there is no obligation! 🙂

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Suntag : Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

When I opened my eyes today, the calendar marked July, 3rd. How come? Only yesterday did I create my blog and discovered I had no talent whatsoever for design. Only yesterday did I learn what a TBR was and decided I needed one too. Six months have come and gone in the blink of an eye. My favorite Orang-Utan knows the feeling and nicely tagged me for some freaking out time! Thank you so much, my dear! If you like bananas and brilliant posts, make sure to pop a visit to her blog!

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SunTag: The Blogger Recognition Award

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I admit it. I avoided this award for a very long time. The first time I was nominated, I was delighted of course, but the blissful feeling was soon replaced by the pressure to give advice. As a baby blogger, I felt there was not much I could share that would be useful to anyone. The Second time I was nominated, I was a teenager blogger. My happiness was overshadowed by my acne lack of confidence. But this time, I am ready! That doesn’t mean I consider my blog to have achieved the adult stage of its life, but let’s say we reached 18. Or 21 depending on where you live.
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New York by The Book Tag

Hello and welcome to SunTag!

Thanks so much to Louise at @ geniereads for nominating me for this fun tag. Go check her blog, you won’t regret it!

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What book is on your nightstand now?

Officially, I don’t have a nightstand.. I use an old wastepaper basket turned upside down with a lamp on it. You know what they say, student life is all about having no furniture and eating pizza or pasta every night. But my iPad is next to the bed, and it currently contains 40 books. Nope, I am not listing them.

What was the last truly great book you’ve read?

I finished The Little French Guesthouse earlier this week, and let me tell you, if you can’t afford the travel to France, this book will take you there. It transports you right in the middle of the French countryside to enjoy a few weeks with warm and funny characters. You get all the benefits of the trip, without the stupid mosquitoes, the rude French drivers and the language struggle. I must thank Helen Pollard for reminding me holidays can be so good and change your life. That is how great this book is.

If you could meet any writer – dead or alive – who would it be? And what would you want to know?

Okay, a couple of months back, I answered that question by saying I was never really interested in meeting authors. But now that I have been book blogging for a while, I realize how such a meeting could be awesome. I would probably bore them with stupid questions, I have never been great at asking things, but when I truly love something, I want to know everything there is to know. I won’t give names but I have changed my mind about the subject. One step at a time!

What books might we be surprised to find on your shelf?

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I own some mangas, both in French and in Japanese, from the time I thought it would be fun to read this format. I never got used to it, but I kept them as souvenirs. I don’t know if I should blame the format or the actual stories for my lack of interest. We never got along.

How do you organize your personal library?

Like any proper control freak.

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I don’t have any bookcases or bookshelves yet (work in progress!) but I use the upper part of my old desk to store my books. I cannot wait to get them a proper home. Until that happens, they are perfectly aligned 5 centimeters away from the edge, and in alphabetical order by author.

What book have you always meant to read and haven’t gotten around to yet?

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I have always wanted to read all of Shakespeare’s work. But it is a very intimidating challenge. I studied A Midsummer Night’s Dream in English Class, and Romeo and Juliette in French version in high school, and I remember it being pretty hard. Don’t assume the French version was easier, my teacher was a witch and put all those crazy meaning and metaphors in my mind that kept confusing me. Anyway, I am very curious about everything I haven’t read from him but the difficulty of the language makes it hard for me to really enjoy it yet.
Now that I think of it, that would make a great summer challenge. A Shakespeare Summer! I’ll think about it … next year. Still a little too intimidated.

Disappointing, overrated, just not good: what book did you feel you are supposed to like but didn’t?

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I had heard so many great things about We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves that I was absolutely sure I would love it. Boy, how wrong was I! Annoying characters and a story both weird and boring. I wanted my money back but the bookstore was not okay with it.

What kind of stories are you drawn to? Any you stay clear of?

I love dissecting human relationships so I am happy whenever a book explores what happens when you throw people in a certain situation that forces them (and me) to feel strong emotions. But I guess that describes every good book in some way. More specifically, I am thriller fan. Psychological thrillers are my favorites.

Do you see that gloomy book on the floor? Yes, the one hidden by the big plant and the candles. The one whose cover yells “I am a sad story”. Well, I am never reading this book. I like to stay as far as bookishly possible from anything that would make me cry. Of course, sometimes a story takes me by surprise and I end up in a flood of tears, but it’s uncommon enough that I still feel safe when choosing my books.

If you could require the president to read one book, what would it be?

Gosh, I love that question.

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I don’t know if you are aware of the happenings in France, and it doesn’t really matter, because all French presidents, past and future, would benefit from reading it anyway, but I think the government really needs a copy of Politics for Dummies right now.

What do you plan to read next?

As soon as my blog duties are over, I will settle on the couch with Portmanteau by Paul T. Beardow.

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It’s tag time!

Nephele @ Night Train Books

Fatima @ NoteablePad

Eleanor @ Real Tasty Pages

And anyone who is in the mood for a tag 🙂 Also, feel free to ignore, as usual.